Sunday, October 17, 2021

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HEALTH
New Jersey “in for several hard months” in coronavirus fight, says Governor Phil Murphy

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said Tuesday, when the first coronavirus vaccinations in the state are set to be administered, will be “momentous” and “a day for hope and optimism.” But, he warned Monday during a public briefing, that shouldn’t allow residents to become complacent. 

“We are also in for several hard months, especially the next 6-8 weeks. As vaccinations move forward, we will be facing stiff headwinds into this second wave,” he said.

Murphy announced Sunday that the first doses of Pfizer’s new vaccine would go to health care workers at University Hospital in Newark on Tuesday. He said the state’s first allotment of 76,000 would be split between health care workers and long-term care facility residents and staff over the next few weeks.

As of Monday, more than 15,883 people in the state had died of COVID-19, with 4,170 new cases reported. The state has reported more than

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HEALTH
New Covid-19 variant identified in UK, minister says as London heads back into strict lockdown

London will return to a strict lockdown this week, after coronavirus cases soared in the British capital, UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Monday.



a view of a large body of water with a city in the background: London venues including pubs and restaurants will close as the English capital is to go back into a strict lockdown later this week.


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London venues including pubs and restaurants will close as the English capital is to go back into a strict lockdown later this week.

Hancock said London will be moved from England’s Tier 2 “high alert” local restrictions to the “very high” Tier 3 on Wednesday morning at 12:00 a.m., along with nearby areas in south and west Essex, and south Hertfordshire.

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Under the highest restriction level, all hospitality venues including pubs, cafes and restaurants will close except for takeout and delivery.

People should avoid traveling outside their area and reduce the number of journeys they make wherever possible.

“Over the last three weeks we’ve seen very sharp exponential rises in the virus across London, Kent, parts of Essex and Hertfordshire,”

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HEALTH
Hospitals Prioritize Which Workers Are First for COVID Shots

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center.

If there’s such a thing as a date with destiny, it’s marked on Dr. Taison Bell’s calendar.

At noon Tuesday, Bell, a critical care physician, is scheduled to be one of the first health care workers at the University of Virginia Health System to roll up his sleeve for a shot to ward off the coronavirus.

“This is a long time coming,” said Bell, 37, who signed up via hospital email last week. “The story of this crisis is that each week feels like a year. This is really the first time that there’s genuine hope that we can turn the corner on this.”

For now, that hope is limited to a chosen few. Bell provides direct care to some of the sickest COVID-19 patients at the UVA Health hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia. But he is

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HEALTH
Pfizer’s CEO hasn’t gotten his Covid vaccine yet, saying he doesn’t want to cut in line

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla hasn’t received his company’s Covid-19 vaccine shot yet, saying Monday he and other executives will not “cut the line” as U.S. officials kick off a massive effort to distribute the vaccine across the country.

The vaccine, which Pfizer developed in partnership with Germany-based BioNTech, is the first approved for emergency use in the U.S. to prevent Covid-19. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized the vaccine for use in people 16 and older, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday officially recommended its use.

However, there are limited doses available and as such, the CDC has recommended states prioritize health-care workers and long-term care residents for initial distribution.

While Bourla’s company developed the vaccine, he is not a frontline health-care worker himself. He said he’s also 59 and in relatively good health, so it’s not entirely appropriate for him to receive the

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HEALTH
When Dr. Fauci and other experts say you can expect to get vaccinated for Covid-19

On Monday, Sandra Lindsay, a critical care nurse at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, became the first American to receive Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccination outside of a clinical trial, after the FDA granted its emergency use authorization Friday.





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This week, the Department of Health and Human Services is expected to send out 2.9 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, and “we hope we will see as much of that used as humanly possible this week,” secretary Alex Azar told NBC News’ “TODAY” on Monday.

“We know we have the vaccine available to get to 20 million people by the end of December and then a total of 50 million by the end of January,” Azar said.

Under the CARES Act, the Covid-19 vaccine will be free to anyone who wants it, but providers will be able to charge an administration fee (which is covered by

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HEALTH
Prevent Electrical Shock, and 5 Other Safety Tips You Should Follow When Decorating for Christmas

This has been perhaps the least jolly year in a long, long time. And yet (or maybe because of that), people appear determined to bring the holiday cheer by doubling down on Christmas decorations, adorning both the inside and outside of their homes with lights, garlands, inflatables, and more.

But before you pull a Clark “Sparky” Griswold and cause a citywide power outage, there are some safety precautions you should take to stay merry and injury-free.

On average, there are about 200 decorating-related injuries each day during the holiday season, with about half of the incidents involving falls, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. During the 2019 holiday season, there were six deaths associated with decking the halls.


So as you put the finishing touches on your Christmas tree, twinkly light display, and other festive decor, keep in mind these tips that will help prevent personal and property

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HEALTH
Where Will Moderna Be In 5 Years?

Can you name a company that’s developing drugs for rare inherited illnesses, blocked arteries, and vaccines for infectious diseases you’ve never heard of? Since you clicked on this article, you already know that I’m talking about Moderna, (NASDAQ:MRNA) and not some pharma giant like Pfizer.

That’s right, by late 2025 Moderna should have its hands full with its efforts to move a selection of innovative treatments through their final clinical trials. In fact, its shareholders might be even more bullish about the company than they are today, with its coronavirus vaccine candidate on the verge of regulatory approval. Accurately predicting the future is never easy, but this company’s growth trajectory seems like it could accelerate wildly over the long term, though there might be a few slow patches along the way.

How durable will coronavirus vaccine revenue be?

Any forecast about Moderna’s future has to start by addressing the potential

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HEALTH
U.K. to Ease Rules on Blood Donations by Gay and Bisexual Men

Britain announced on Monday that it would loosen restrictions on blood donation by gay and bisexual men beginning next year, a shift in policy called “landmark” by the government and hailed by activists who have long fought rules they described as discriminatory.

The change will take effect next summer after the recommendations of a health committee that said a blanket ban on sexually active gay or bisexual men donating blood should be lifted. The government accepted the recommendations, saying the changes would not affect the safety of the blood supply.

“This landmark change to blood donation is safe and it will allow many more people, who have previously been excluded by donor selection criteria, to take the opportunity to help save lives,” Britain’s health secretary, Matt Hancock, said in a statement on Monday.

The current rules stipulate that “all men must wait three months after having oral or anal sex

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HEALTH
Trump Delays Plan to Hasten Coronavirus Vaccines for White House Staff

The White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, right, in October. Mr. Meadows tested positive for the coronavirus in early November.
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President Trump said on Sunday night that he would delay a plan for senior White House staff members to receive the coronavirus vaccine in the coming days.

The shift came just hours after The New York Times reported that the administration was rapidly planning to distribute the vaccine to its staff at a time when the first doses are generally being reserved for high-risk health care workers.

Mr. Trump, who tested positive for the coronavirus in October and recovered after being hospitalized, also implied that he would get the vaccine himself at some point in the future, but said he had no immediate plans to do so.

“People working in the White House should receive

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HEALTH
States ready for first Covid-19 vaccinations as America nears 300,000 deaths

Eleven months after the earliest recorded case of coronavirus in the United States, medical workers are preparing to give the first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, with deliveries set to arrive at administration sites from around 8 a.m. ET Monday.



a group of people standing in front of a store: LOUISVILLE, KY - DECEMBER 13: UPS employees move one of two shipping containers containing the first shipments of the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine inside a sorting facility at UPS Worldport on December 13, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. The flight originated in Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Michael Clevenger - Pool/Getty Images)


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LOUISVILLE, KY – DECEMBER 13: UPS employees move one of two shipping containers containing the first shipments of the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine inside a sorting facility at UPS Worldport on December 13, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. The flight originated in Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Michael Clevenger – Pool/Getty Images)

Thousands of vials of the vaccine were collected for distribution across the country Sunday after it passed its last regulatory hurdle.

“We expect 145 sites across all the states to receive vaccine on Monday, another 425 sites on Tuesday, and the final 66 sites on Wednesday, which will complete the initial

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